What YOU can do

Choose a promise from the list below or design your own promise, and use it as your “new world” resolution.  Send your promise, via FacebookTwitter, or sms it to 34008 – just start the promise with the keyword “penguin”.  Sms’s cost R2 each.

Consider this – The Penguin in the ocean is the same as the canary in the coalmine.  The Penguins need healthy oceans, and so do we. The world is a web of life – everything relies on everything else. Can the Penguins rely on us?

There are a number of factors affecting the African Penguin’s survival. Here is a list of some of the concerns, and some suggested promises that you can make that may assist the plight of the Penguins:

FOOD AVAILABILITY
1. Support the Sustainable Seafood Initiative – http://www.wwfsassi.co.za/pocketguide.pdf 
The Penguins are a part of the ecosystem.  We need to ensure that we maintain that ecosystem.  You can sms a fish type to 079-499-8795 and they will sms you back and let you know if this is a wise choice for the ecosystem.

2. Only eat grain fed chicken –
Did you know that anchovies are the primary diet for Penguins?  Most of the anchovies caught by the fisheries are turned into fish meal to feed farmed fish or chicken. So if you eat chicken, make sure it is grain-fed!

HABITAT DESTRUCTION
1. Respect the Penguin’s home –
If you are resident in an African Penguin area, respect the boundaries of their nesting sites. Lobby to ensure that the areas are not threatened.

2. Visit the Penguin’s homes –
There are tourism adventures in places like Boulders Beach and Betty’s Bay.  Seeing these birds in these controlled wild scenarios will inspire you to take care of them.

3. Lobby to look after the birds –
Contact the authorities to ensure that they are doing their best to look after this species.

4. Get involved in coastal clean ups –
Litter in our oceans is a threat to the Penguins. If you don’t live on the coast arrange a waterway clean up in your area.

5. Use environmentally friendly household cleaning products –
To keep the waterways clean – because all the water ends up in the sea, watch that you only put products down your drain that are friendly to the environment.

OIL POLLUTION
1. Choose a plastic product that you will not use in the future –
Plastic products are made from oil. Relying less on oil means that it will not end up in the sea, where it is hazardous to these birds.  Here are some suggestions on how you can use less plastic.

  • Don’t buy plastic shopping bags – reuse quality fabric bags
  • Don’t use plastic drinking straws 
  • Don’t take plastic take away cutlery – Keep your own with you for those take aways
  • Don’t do bottled water. They are not good for the environment in so many ways, and yes, the oil industry makes the bottle.

3. Buy local products –
Choose a product that you will only buy locally, perhaps food or clothing.
Then it does not have to be shipped in – that means, less chance of oil spills.  Furthermore, the more of us that demand local, the less carbon emissions will be created.

BE PROACTIVE
Here are some proactive promises:
1. Pass on this information – 
The more promises we all make and keep, the greater the chance of us making a difference to the future of our environment. 

2. Pick up other’s litter.  Anywhere, anytime –
The humility of this action inspires others.  And it means the litter does not end up  in the sea.

3. Make a pact to be involved in at least one environmental day this year –  
What about Earth Hour.

4. Become a volunteer for a conservation organisation –
SANCCOB if you live in Cape Town, or a volunteer guide at uShaka Sea World in Durban.  Try your local museum or local conservancy.

5. Choose an action that will assist to reduce your carbon emissions –
The lists of these are endless.  WALK LIGHTLY ON THE EARTH.

6. Stay informed about the Penguin –
The more we know, and share with others, there greater the chance of people effecting social change.

6. If you have a promise that is not on this list, you can send that too!!!  
We would love to hear it.

This campaign will be scientifically evaluated to ensure that it meets its objectives, and the research will help to inform future projects

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